Air Force First Class Cadet Eraño Bontilao Belen (left) and Cadet First Class Froilan Pinay-an, who top the Philippine Military Academy Class of 2010.
INC member tops PMA Class 2010 [Manila Bulletin]
Well, this is a scary news.
With the Iglesia Ni Cristo's violent credibility, we can only hope that Philippine Military Academy (PMA) will continually be professional with their mission on protecting the national interest of the Filipino people. I mean, don't you find it's scary that an INC member is graduating from a military school?
Low-class INC members rallied and died against the Philippine constitutional government. They tried to unseat a president in EDSA 3. Report from PCIJ said that there's an intelligence info that INC central in Diliman, Quezon City might have it's armory. Soldiers died when they tried to enter the INC central compund during the Marcos regime. INC police or in military service are also scary and dangerous.
Church at the Crossroads [PCIJ]
The INC has always resisted any attempts to encroach into its physical space. Military intelligence sources say that the Iglesia has 1,000 to 2,000 high-caliber firearms in its armory, apart from guns owned by individual members who include soldiers and policemen.
In September 1972, INC members shot at and killed three Marine soldiers who were part of a contingent sent by Marcos to shut down the church's DZEC radio tower.
Personally, I am glad that a poor kid from the southern Philippines graduated from PMA. He initially tried to be a minister of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). As far as I know, New Era University owned by Iglesia Ni Cristo is quite an expensive school. Poor kids will not be able to finish the evangelical course without spending a lot of money. (This is how cruel the INC business are, they want money even form their poor members) This might be the reason why the poor kid opted to enroll the Philippine Military Academy instead. What just scares me is how he might be commanded do such things that the INC ministers instructed him to do. If the low-class INC members were able to terrorize Manila during EDSA 3 siege, imagine what the INC members are capable of doing if they are in police and/or military service.
Philippines is facing a very brave New World. That is the problem when a cult like Iglesia Ni Cristo messed up with politics and businesses. Their own cult interests are over than the interest of the greater Filipino People.
One of the reason why I am quite concerned with Iglesia Ni Cristo members are in police/military service is that on the report of PCIJ (Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism), when Panfilo Lacson was still a senior police officer (before becoming a senator), he have to ask the permission of the INC headquarters before he can "fire" the controversial police Col. Romeo Maganto, an INC member. Imagine that, a high ranking police officer is asking for permission from INC before he can "fire" a police INC member?
IGLESIA NI CRISTO: A Most Powerful Union
Sen. Panfilo Lacson, a non-Iglesia, knows this lesson well. Some years ago, as a senior police officer, Lacson faced a dilemma over what to do with controversial police Col. Romeo Maganto, a kapatid. "Lacson had to go to the central (INC headquarters in Quezon City) to secure permission to fire Maganto," the member recalled. "The permission was given."
Another most recent report about an INC member in police/military uniform is about a certain SPO1 Avelino Balingit Jr. of the Apalit police force who arrested a tricycle driver inside his house without any warrant of arrest. On the way to the police precinct, the poor tricycle driver was beaten up by (alleged) INC mob. The altercation started during the fiesta celebration of the feast of "Juan Bautista" when the poor tricycle driver doused water on an INC minister, as part of the catholic tradition.
This kind of news makes me think what kind of teachings that the Iglesia Ni Cristo cult teaches to its members? Cruelty? Brutality? Where is the "Christian" love they are trying to convince us with? People are shying away from religions or cults because of these kind of behaviors being displayed by these "religious" members.
If the Iglesia Ni Cristo members do not believe the tradition of splashing waters (John The Baptist feasts), at least I hope they should RESPECT it. Iglesia Ni Crristo members are lucky enough because Catholics are not brutal as them. It's a good thing that the Catholic members are more civilized than the INC members who beat up the poor defenseless tricycle driver.
How come that a police officer (allegedly an INC member) arrested the poor tricycle driver without a warrant of arrest? I thought INC members are law-abiding citizens? I thought INC members are God fearing Christians? I thought INC members promotes life, justice, equality, fairness, charity and high standards of morals, ethics and values based on the bible? And now this? INC members cruelty and brutality to Catholic member who celebrated Saint John The Baptist feast?
Whew? Now who would like to join Iglesia Ni Cristo now?
Merrymaking in the village of San Juan, Apalit, Pampanga turned violent when a Catholic fiesta celebrator doused water on an Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) minister.
The incident took place during the feast of St. John the Baptist when local folks douse water on passersby in the streets.
Joel Banag, 31, a tricycle driver, splashed water on a purported Iglesia minister whom he didn't recognize.
The INC preacher allegedly punched Banag, who punched him back.
They were pacified and Banag went home.
But the incident didn't end there. A group of alleged INC members, who were armed, went to Banag's house and asked him to come out.
Banag didn't come out, fearing retaliation.
At this point, SPO1 Avelino Balingit Jr. of the Apalit police force, an alleged INC member, barged into Banag's house and arrested him without a warrant.
While Banag was being marched to the police precinct, the INC mob allegedly beat him to a pulp.
He arrived at the station bloodied and half naked as his shirt was allegedly torn by the mob.